The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 became a public law on October 17, 2020. The act designates a three digit number, 9-8-8, as the universal number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. Read about the legislation here.
The Mental Health Services Act of 2020 is an act that focuses on expanding the Public Health Service Act to provide children with access to school-based mental health programs. Read about the proposed bill here.
This act requires insurance providers offering coverage for mental health or substance use to be comparable to general medical coverage. Co-pays, deductibles, etc. for mental health or substance abuse disorders must not be more restrictive than requirements or benefits of other medical care. Read a summary of the legislation here. Read the final rule documentContinue reading “Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008”
The National Council for Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization that “advocates for policies that ensure individuals with mental health and substance use disorders have access to comprehensive, evidence-based health care services.” Visit their website here.
SAMHSA is within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The organization leads public efforts to strengthen behavioral health across the country. Their mission is to “reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.” Visit their website here.
Mental Health America (MHA) works with stakeholders to design policy recommendations that advance (a) prevention for all individuals, (b) identification and intervention for at risk individuals and (c) cohesive services while focusing on recovery as the goal. Visit their website to see their recommendations here.
Active Minds is a nonprofit organization that works to continue and expand the conversation about mental health and remove the stigma associated with mental health issues. Visit their website here.
Child Mind Institute is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.” They are committed to: providing children with the highest standards of care, advancing the science of the developing brain and empowering parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where theyContinue reading “Child Mind Institute”
NAMI advocates for a variety of policies that promote health and wellbeing for individuals living with mental illness. The organization fights to establish availability and access to the best care possible, diversion away from the criminal justice system, successful involvement in the community and effective interventions that help instead of worsen mental illness. Visit theirContinue reading “National Alliance on Mental Illness”